Experience a Mazda MX-5 race driver’s point of view this weekend

October 25, 2013
  • Two Mazda MX-5 production race cars to contest in Birkett 6 Hour Relay Race
  • Race-prepared by Jota Sport, 160ps 2.0-litre cars will be mechanically standard
  • Live stream on to see the driver’s point of view

This weekend two of Mazda’s iconic MX-5 sports cars will contest the Birkett 6 Hour Relay Race at Silverstone. This race, first run in 1951, is the oldest established race in Britain and is celebrating its 62nd year.

The relay race is a challenging test of endurance featuring 60 teams of cars and drivers from all categories of club racing, including vintage sports cars, saloon cars and modern sports racers. This year Mazda will bring the race into people’s homes with a live link to a camera in the race cars. Starting at 11:45 on Saturday 26th October visitors to will be able to watch the race from a driver’s point of view.

The team comprises of six drivers, each driving for an hour with the winning team being the one that completes the most number of laps in the six hours.

Mazda regular drivers Mark Ticehurst, Owen Mildenhall and Jade Paveley will be joined by three journalists, Vicky Parrott, Jethro Bovingdon and James Batchelor.

The two 130mph race cars, sponsored by SMH Fleet Solutions, Mazda Financial Services, Total Lubricants, Sparco and Jota Aviation, are based closely on the soft-top Mazda MX-5 Sport Tech models powered by a 160ps 2.0-litre MZR engine coupled to a six-speed manual transmission and fitted with a Limited Slip Differential.

“Mazda is thrilled to get back on Silverstone’s famous GP circuit with our iconic roadster,” comments Graeme Fudge, PR Director, Mazda UK. “Its lightweight body, outstanding handling and agility will benefit us in a long distance race as we will experience less tyre wear and better fuel efficiency than our competitors.”

Prepared by Jota Sport, the MX-5 race cars are mechanically standard with the addition of safety modifications which include FIA-compliant racing seat and driver harness, full roll-cage, competition steering wheel and alloy wheels, fire extinguisher, external electric cut-off switches and safety catches on the bonnet and boot. Non-essential interior components are removed to reduce weight.

The 2013 Mazda MX-5 road car line-up offers customers a choice of six Soft-top and Roadster Coupe models, featuring the Sport Graphite limited edition model, priced from £18,495 to £23,695 on the road (OTR).

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